The IMAs connect you to new revenue opportunities and millions of passionate music fans. That’s why career artists from around the world submit their best work to The Independent Music Awards.

Known for supporting artists who follow their own muse, The IMA program is for artists who are dedicated to making their living by making music. Submissions are judged for their unique artistry and originality, not press clippings or record sales.

There are more than 80 IMA categories. The program supports all styles of music as well as specialty categories including Love Song, Holiday Song, Social Action Song, Concept Album, Eclectic Album, Album Re-Issue and EP.

Unlike songwriting contests or battle of the band programs, The IMAs does not award cash or prizes. Winners and Nominees benefit from ongoing marketing campaigns, radio, print, online & broadcast promotions, performance and revenue opportunities.
  • • 12-Week Radio Promotion Campaign

    – Winning tracks are promoted to 650 public and college stations in the US and Canada during a 12- week radio promotion campaign. The IMA compilation routinely places on CMJ’s Top 1-25 charts.
  • • Featured eMusic Promotion

    – The Winners Compilation is promoted to millions of eMusic subscribers, resulting in fan reviews, more exposure and sales.
  • • Winners’ Music Distributed To 1 Billion Chinese Mobile Phone Customers

    – IMA winners earn the opportunity to have their lyrics and meta-data translated from the original language into Chinese and then distributed and made available for sale on all mobile phones in China, reaching a market of over a billion mobile subscribers.
  • • Distribution on Digital Download Cards

    – Winning tracks are featured on 20,000 digital download cards - distributed to music consumers & key industry decision makers, getting your music in front of the people who count.

    *There are No additional fees for promotion, marketing and performance opportunities including jukebox promotion, eMusic promotion, inclusion on download cards, 12-week radio promotion campaign, etc. The Independent Music Awards, Music Resource Group, LLC & its affliates cannot be held responsible for any changes to premium winner & nominee benefits made by third party partners/sponsors.
DUDE! IM GOING NUTZ! I still can't believe it & can't thank you guys enough for all of your hard work & diligence! This was our third entry into the IMA's in about 4 years, so to get chosen this year was HUGE. BUT NOW TO WIN!! WTF! I don't know what to do with myself. I can't thank you & enough for our IMA win & the follow up opportunities.
I'm not sure if you remember our conversation at our IMA Living Room showcase...but before shoe. was honored with our IMA win, I was feeling pretty down & completely defeated. As I told you, I felt like stopping everything & giving up. But, since the IMAs, I have begun writing my next album & approaching my career with a fresh new feeling of optimism & hope.
– shoe.10th Pop Rock Album Winner
I am knocked out by all the effort and good will that the IMA organization has made on behalf of Birdie winning the College Label award. We have received great emails from fans, and I have seen mentions on websites and places where we don't have a reach.
From the earliest application, thru the
communication with Lee Cahill about paperwork and licensing opportunities, this has been a totally professional and satisfying experience. We are proud to be included and recognized by the IMAs. Thank you for the honor. (quote from William F. Kennedy, Charterhouse Management)
– Birdie Busch10th College Label Release Winner
Being chosen as a finalist and then winning the IMA Vox Pop Award in the Electronic/Dance category was the best thing to happen to Fans Of Jimmy Century early in our career. It gave us instant credibility and buzz. And the IMA team is so professional. As time goes on, they continue to keep in touch with us and support and spread our music to their
huge network providing additional prime opportunities. Winning the award gave us "instant cool" status.
– Fans of Jimmy Century6th Dance Electronica Song Vox Pop Winner
The IMA staff is incredible. We were constantly marketed by their team, to the point that we had the opportunity to headline their CMJ Music Marathon Showcase. We owe an immense deal of gratitude to this wonderful team and encourage all independent acts to submit.
– Animate Objects7th Rap HipHop Song Winner
• Performance, Broadcast and Licensing Opportunities:

*All artists who enter the program are eligible for film, TV and gaming licensing outreach managed by IMA Publishing Group, the licensing arm of The IMAs.

*Eligible for IMA fan and industry showcases.

*Possible featured placement on IMAtv.

*Receive Pro Marketing Tools & Discounts including FREE subscription to The Musician’s Atlas.

The program receives submissions from artists previously on major labels as well as self-released and indie label talent from more than 70 countries on 6 continents.

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9th Annual Pop/Rock Album Nominee
Cephas and Wiggins 9th Blues Album Nominee Darrell Scott 10th Country Album Winner
4th Album Of The Year Winner
Fictionist 10th Pop/Rock Song Winner
10th Pop/Rock Album Nominee
Flying Lotus 10th Dance/Electronica Album Winner
10th Short Form Music Video Winner
Girl In A Coma 7th Punk Song Winner
Jamie Lidell 8th Pop/Rock Album Winner Joan As Police Woman 7th Pop/Rock Album Winner Karim Baggili 10th World Beat Album Vox Pop Winner
Melissa Auf der Maur 10th Indie/Alt./Hard Rock Album Winner The So So Glos 9th Punk Album Winner
9th Punk Song Winner
Sofia Rei 10th World Beat Album Winner
Spinnerette 9th Pop/Rock Album Winner Zhao Jiazhen 10th World Traditional Album Winner
10th World Traditional Album Vox Pop Winner
The Trews 8th Hard Rock/Metal Song Winner

Artistry has its Awards. Find your fans at The IMAs and enter your work now.

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